Mal de Ojo: 5 Real Life Mantras that Ward Off Curses

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UPDATED June 6th, 2018 Every culture has its own traditional curses such as mal de ojo, or the evil eye, in Latin America. And almost every culture around the world has its own version of the evil eye. Each also has its own formula for how…

Tips on Burning Incense: How to Pick What Kind to Burn

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UPDATED June 2nd, 2018  It is believed that people began burning incense in ancient Egypt — possibly even earlier. Incense in many different uses ranging from mystical to practical. It makes us think of hippies, Buddhist monks, the Bible,…

El Día de Los Muertos: 14 Facts To Know About the Day of the Dead

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UPDATED April 19th, 2018 For many Latinos, the Day of the Dead, or El Día de Los Muertos, is celebrated as religiously as the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Festivities begin at midnight on October 31. November 1…

15 Reasons Why Speaking Spanish Makes You Sexy

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  UPDATED January 12th, 2018 Could Spanish be the sexiest language around? It’s definitely a possibility. At the very least, speaking a few Spanish words makes you sexy. It’s a language of romance, a language employed by so many…

Sharing Passover to Open Tween Minds

UPDATED January 12th, 2018 Our Los Tweens team was invited by our amiga Jeannette Kaplun of Hispana Global to join her for an annual Passover celebration presented by the Latin American committee of the Miami AJC. It is a beautiful…

Disciplining Our Children: Latino & American Style

UPDATED June 17th, 2017 In my native Puerto Rico, the methods of discipline were very straightforward: You did what you were told or you were punished. Not obeying guaranteed un chancletazo (a spanking with a flip flop). Offering to hit with…

Three Kings Day Menu for a Special Day

UPDATED June 17th, 2017 Three Kings Day is celebrated in many Latin countries on January 6. And, as with any Latin celebration, food takes center stage. My Three Kings Day Menu has some of the dishes my abuelita would serve on this day, which…
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Culture Clash: Baby Ear Piercing & Latinos

UPDATED June 17th, 2017 Every so often the “to pierce or not to pierce a baby’s ears” debate flares up in the U.S. This is probably because there are more and more little Latina girls running around with earrings adorning their cute…
Soldaderas: The Women of the Mexican Revolution

Soldaderas: The Women of the Mexican Revolution

UPDATED June 17th, 2017 November 20 is the day we celebrate the Mexican Revolution, that long war (1910-1920) that ended the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and began a new age for Mexico. Every year it seems we only celebrate the heroes:…